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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
— Marianne Williamson
 
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Manipura

Sanskrit – Manipura, city of jewels

Location – behind the navel

Element – Fire

Karmendriya (action organ) – feet

Jnanendriya (sensory organ) – eyes

Tanmatra (sense) – sight

Yantra – red inverted triangle

Mantra – ram pronounced “rum”

God/Goddess – Rudra/Lakshmi

Lotus – ten petalled yellow lotus

Associations – self-worth, confidence, wealth, abundance, shining, dharma, knowledge of one’s own body, spiritual pursuits, manifestation

Blockages – low energy, low self-worth, lack of motivation, lack of commitment, depression, egoism

 
 
 

Intro to Manipura

The same way the sun distributes energy is our solar system, manipura radiates and distributes energy throughout our body. Manipura is connected to the solar plexus, and controls digestive fire and heat regulation in the body. It dominates the mode of rajas (activity, passion), and the energy of samana vayu (digestion, energy distribution). According to Buddhist tradition and many tantric texts, awakening of kundalini takes place at manipura. Prior to kundalini entering manipura, it may awaken and go dormant many times.

Manipura is often associated with the ego. The shadow of ego is self-centeredness, but the light of ego is healthy confidence and the ability to tend to our inner fire. At manipura, we transform our passions into positive action; we learn how to distinguish our egoic desires from our deeper purpose.

How do you want to connect outwardly with the world? Where will you direct your energy in this precious lifetime? Manipura is the center through which you manifest and direct that expression.

Lakshmi is the goddess to radiant beauty, abundance, and good fortune. Consider channeling her energy as your explore manipura. In what areas of your life can you allow yourself to be seen and shine more? Find unapologetic joy and beauty this week in your surroundings and how you show up in the world — let yourself SHINE.

 
 

Practice

This immersion is intended to be done for at least 5 days or in-depth up to 30 days. Do the video practice, followed by the guided meditation, then choose one of the Free Writes below. The mantra meditation can be done seated or lying down at any time.

I. Video practice

Yoga for the eyes, followed by kapalabhati kriya to stimulate the internal fire, digestion, and encourage prana in the abdomen.

II. Manipura Meditation

Connect with and explore the solar chakra and it’s properties.

III. Lakshmi Mantra

Evokes beauty, abundance, and manifestation. You can repeat the mantra aloud or internally.

Mantra “Om shrim mahalakshmyei namaha”

Om shr-eem ma-ha luk-sh-mee-eh Nuh-muh-ha

i honor the spirit of abundance that is ever present

Meditations

Free Writes

Set a timer for 10 minutes. Try to write continuously without stopping, editing, or analyzing.

1. What are your ‘super powers’—the things you are uniquely good at? How are they expressed in your life?

2. Which of your super powers would you like to cultivate more? Is there any negative story around this quality that has caused you to hide it?

3. Write about someone who embodies deep, inner power. What qualities do they possess and how do others receive them?

4. What do you have to let go of today to fully stand in your power?

5. What does abundance mean to you in this moment?